National Road Race Championship: Thomas wins in Sky 1-2-3 while Pooley takes women's race

Wins for Thomas and Pooley as big teams dominate at Nationals

by Tony Farrelly   June 27, 2010  

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Team Sky secured a clean sweep of the podium positions in the men's national road race championship in Pendle with Geraint Thomas taking the national jersey, pipping team mate Peter Kennaugh in the final sprint with Ian Stannard just behind to take third. By the final lap the three Sky riders were out on their own and a clean sweep was a foregone conclusion, only the order was up for debate.

The Sky riders effectively destroyed the field. First they Sigma Sport Specialized's Simon Richardson to bridge up to Jeremy Hunt's initial break and then towards the end of the fifth of 12 laps with the break having a minute on the rest of the field,upping the pace again dropping first Richardson and then Hunt while behind them the chasing field wilted in the heat on a tough attritional course.

So total was their dominance that Sky team director, Dave Brailsford was able to pull alongside them on the final lap to congratulate them. Then it was on to the business of settling the final placings. Kennaugh and Thomas looked to be the stronger riders but Stannard certainly couldn't be counted out. Manxman Kennaugh tried to attack on the final climb where he and Thomas enjoyed a weight advantage over Stannard, but to no avail as the Welshman refused to be shaken off and by this stage it had become a two horse race and when it came to the final sprint the race and the title went to the Welshman.

Women's race
Team tactics and numbers also told in the women's race where Cervelo's Emma Pooley broke Nicole Cooke's nine year stranglehold on the national road race title today in Pendle in a race that was cut to half distance after a major crash on the first lap that led to the race being stopped for an hour while the casualties were ferried to hospital.

The crash and restart didn't affect Pooley's approach to the race, which involved taking the fight to Cooke from the off and using the advantage of having two other Cervelo riders in the field to good effect. Her approach paid off handsomely with Pooley and team mate Lizzie Armistead pulling of a Cervelo one two, with Cooke coming home third for a top three that was a mirror image of 2009 result with Pooley and Cooke swapping places on the podium and Armistead coming second for the second successive year.

Pooley whose climbing prowess meant she was well suited to the conditions attacked on the first long hill, but a big further back in the peloton on the descent meant the race had to be stopped, according to reports on the British Cycling website such was the mayhem when disaster struck on the 50mph descent that riders off the back were struck by team cars.

When the race re-started Pooley again attacked and used her team mates Armistead and Sharon Laws to tire Cooke. When the lone Cooke bridged to Pooley the latter would do no work and when Pooley broke she had Armistead and Laws on hand to blunt the force of Cooke's efforts to get across, so that when the final attack came there was little the welsh woman could to stop it.

Top 30 2010 Men's National Road Race Championship 

1. Geraint Thomas, Sky Pro Cycling 5.07.08
 2. Peter Kennaugh, Sky Pro Cycling st
 3. Ian Stannard, Sky Pro Cycling @2.20
 4. Jeremy Hunt, Cervelo Teast Team, @7.59
 5. Simon Richardson, Sigma Sport Specialized @8.23
 6. David Clarke, Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago @10.41
 7. Dan Flleman, Raleigh RT @10.43
 8. Andrew Fenn, 100% ME @13.56
 9. Rob Partridge, Endura Racing, @17.45
 10. Paul Esposti, BCV
 11. Chris Froome, Sky Pro Cycling
 12. Rhys Lloyd, Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago @1 lap
 13. Kristian House, Rapha Condor Sharp
 14. Ross Creber, Team Endura Racing 
 15. Ben Greenwood, Rapha Condor Sharp
 16. Richard Cartland, Team Corley Cycles
 17. Douglas Dewey, GWR
 18. Thomas Swift-Metcalf, Palmeriras Resort
 19. Steve Lampier, Pendragon-LeCol-Colnago
 20. Tim Kennaugh, 100% ME
 21. Marcel Six, Orbea For Goodness Shakes
 22. Daniel Shand, Raleigh
 23. Mike Cumming, Raleigh
 24. David Lines, Endura @ 2 laps
 25. Matthew Stephens, Sigma Sport Specialized
 26. Kit Gilham, Sigma Sport Specialized
 27. James Williamson, Sigma Sport Specialized
 28. Gareth Montgomerie, Sigma Sport Specialized
 29. Will Bjergfelt, Wilier-Big Maggies/Prendas
 30. Paul Oldham, Hope Factory Racing 31. Alistair Kay, York Cycleworks

Top 20 2010 Women's National Road Race Championship

1. Emma Pooley, Cervelo TT 1.28.59
2. Lizzie Armitstead, Cervelo TT, @8
3. Nicole Cooke, st
4. Sharon Laws, Cervelo TT, st
5. Katie Colclough, 100% ME, @2.02
6. Emma Trott, Moving Ladies, @2.16
7. Natalie Creswick, Twickenham CC st
8. Kara Chesworth, Dysynni CC @3.32
9. Sara Storey, Horizon Fitness, @3.34
10. Joanna Rowsell, private member @5.39
11. Alli Holland, Maxgear RT
12. Corrine Hall, Team Corridori
13. Emma Silversides, Redsun Ladies Team
14. Michaelle Dillion, Private Member @5.45
15. Nicola Juniper, Cuclos Uno, @7.16
16. Lucy Martin, 100% ME @7.45
17. Helen Wyman, Kona FSA Factory Team st
18. Rebecca Curley, Rapha Condor CC
19. Jane Barr, Stirling BC
20. Leanne Thompson, Vanilla

Women's Under 23

1. Lizzie Armitstead, Cervelo TT
2. Katie Colclough, 100% ME
3. Emma Trott, Moving Ladies


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It was a great race to watch and the break away set a blistering pace.

Much will be made of the Sky 123 but mention must be made of Dave Clarke of Pendragon who had a fantastic ride digging deep trying to pull the breaks back and finishing in 6th place.

Chapeau Clarkey.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
27th June 2010 - 21:43

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The pace in the men's race must have been red hot, House was lapped and some of the guys we've seen do well before were 2 laps down. Yikes!

Great wins for Thomas and Pooley Smile

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posted by Simon E [2375 posts]
28th June 2010 - 10:27

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Unfortunately I watched this on Sky and the coverage was pretty poor. The one motorcycle camera followed the break and we saw little of the bunch. I should have meade the effort and gone 30 miles to see it.

posted by billiobob [54 posts]
28th June 2010 - 12:33

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Tony there were only 31 finishers in the Mens race and it was a war of attrition could you not amend your list from Top 30 to all Finishers or Top 31 and include Alistair Kay of York Cyclewoks who was 31st.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
28th June 2010 - 15:01

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Yes, fair point demoff… Alistair is in

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
28th June 2010 - 15:33

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Nice one Tony, he deserves a mention.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
28th June 2010 - 18:50

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The course must have been tough for so few people to make the selection. Felt for the underdog Nicole in the wome's race, 3v1 was never good odds but you could she was trying everything she could.

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posted by Blackhound [465 posts]
29th June 2010 - 19:32